Seventeen-year-old French peasant girl hearing angelic voices,
leads troops in a 92-year war, with
armor, banner and sword from a prince-made-king.
She knelt at his royal feet but
he abandoned her to enemy and flames.
c. 1412 – 30 May 1431)
Although Jeanne D’Arc led charges in the Hundred Year War, she did not engage in actual combat. She was a heroine of the French people and when prince Charles became King Charles VII, she was at his side. Nevertheless, when Jeanne D’Arc was put in the hands of the English, the King abandoned her. She was convicted of witchcraft, heresy, and even cross-dressing (which was considered a form of heresy). She was burned at the stake on May 30, 1431. She was 19 years old. Her ashes were thrown into the Seine.
A foggy, cold, November morning. Lincoln spoke,
following a 2-hour oratory with two minutes
because he knew “we can not dedicate —
we cannot consecrate — we cannot hallow” ground
covered, uncovered by grass and snow. Remembered.
1918, on the 11th hour (Veterans Day)
of the 11th day (World War I)
of the 11th month (9 million dead)
an armistice signed to end (21,000,000 wounded)
The War to End All Wars (Lies)
Men of U.S. 64th Regiment, 7th Infantry Division, celebrate the news of the Armistice, November 11, 1918 (Source U.S. National Archive, U.S. Army)
At the urging of major U.S. veteran organizations, Armistice Day was renamed Veterans Day in 1954. Veterans Day is distinct from Memorial Day, a U.S. public holiday in May. Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans, while Memorial Day honors those who have died while in military service. After the end of the Second World War, the Australian and British governments changed the name to Remembrance Day, since Armistice Day was no longer an appropriate title for a day that would commemorate all war dead.
Nobel invents dynamite for mining and construction.
Greek dunamis. Power. The most destructive technology
of the age. A weapon of war.
Later, he establishes the Nobel Prizes. Peace
is one. Literature. Scientists playing at God.
Alfred Nobel wrote novels, poetry, drama, and letters in five languages. He had a broad humanist outlook but for some reason could or would not see the worst uses of his product, even as his company sold weapons—to Italy for example, an act for which his adopted nation of France deemed him a traitor in 1891. Like many a gilded age industrialist, Nobel turned away from the suffering he caused, endowing the arts and sciences after death to ease his conscience in life, many think, but not to truly ameliorate the damage done. source
We travel the banks of Antietam Creek
by car listening to horrific radio news,
not far from a day in 1862 –
the bloodiest in American military history – fallen
bodies, battles that end in a draw.